Mati Barnhart, knitted news30.11.22 09:10 Friday in Kislo Tishpeg
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The US is very concerned about the amount of nuclear weapons that China possesses. According to a Pentagon report, the Chinese already have 400 nuclear warheads, while China wants to significantly increase the rate of weapons production.
According to the report, in 2020 the Americans estimated that China has about 200 warheads, and that they will double this amount within a decade. But in just two years, the Chinese have already reached this number, and the Pentagon now estimates that by 2035 they will have no less than 1,500 warheads.
According to the report, Chinese military intensification constitutes “the most significant challenge to US security.
“We see a new set of capabilities and new numbers in terms of capabilities as far as their purpose is concerned, which raises questions about their intention in the recent term,” said a senior official at the Ministry of Defense during a briefing on the report, CNN reports.
In addition to this, China also conducted 135 ballistic tests in 2021, more than the rest of the world combined.
The senior official at the Ministry of Defense also referred to the test of the hypersonic missile that China tested in July 2021. According to him, the system flew 40,000 kilometers, which is the longest flight of any Chinese weapon so far.
The report also emphasizes that the Chinese military is developing capabilities for war in space, when they see the development of such capabilities as a way to ensure other countries intervene in local conflicts.
China has an army of almost a million soldiers, the largest navy in the world in terms of ships, and the third largest air force in the world, the report reports.
At the beginning of the month, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said that “China is one of the countries that has the ability to pose the most significant challenge to the United States.”
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